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An annual tradition of the George Mason and George Washington Chapters has been to have a joint meeting in December. At the December 9 meeting at Mount Vernon Country Club in Alexandria, we were honored to have Virginia Society President Michael Elston install the 2018 officers for both chapters.
Left to right: Joe Dooley, Gene Thomas, Andy Johnson, Ken Morris, and Pete Davenport, (George Mason Officers), VASSAR President Elston, Ernie Coggins, Dave Thomas, Jay Henn, and Tom Roth (George Washington Officers)
Twenty-Four of the Virginia Society's Twenty-Seven Chapters Have Presented Flag Certificates in 2017
Chapters that have not presented Flag Certificates:
Clinch Mountain Militia Chater
General William Campbell Chapter
report submitted by Barry Schwoerer
report by Rockbridge Volunteers Chapter President Greg Jewett
report by Colonel George Waller Chapter President Bob Vogler
report from Richmond Chapter Flag Chairman Robert Halpern
report by Barry Schwoerer
The Colonel William Grayson Chapter Flag Committee Chairman, Kevin Schwoerer, presented a NSSAR Flag Certificate to the Schenkl family of Aldie, Virginia on 22 April. He also presented Navy Veterans Adam and Trisha Schenkl, Certificates of Appreciation for their military service.
report by past Virginia SAR President Phil Williams.
The Thomas Jefferson Chapter presented a flag certificate to Thomas Dolan, former Nassau County, N.Y., police helicopter pilot who was present in NYC on 9/11. Also pictured is neighbor Aubry Breeden, who received our flag certificate a few years ago. They are with Compatriot Fr. Henry Minich, Thomas Jefferson Chapter, VASSAR.
report by Fincastle Resolutions Chapter President Phil Sheridan
FINCASTLE RESOLUTIONS CHAPTER, Roanoke, presented a Flag
Certificate on March 21 to Rick & Jean Hogue -- an ex- Marine, who
flies a lighted Marine Flag, superimposed by our National Flag at his
home daily in Moneta, VA. He served at Quantico - 1961-65 -- as a
highly classified courier for Marine Logistics, Preparation, & Deployment
between Quantico and Camp LeJeune -- Vietnam & Cuba Missile Crisis.
Phil Sheridan, President -- Fincastle Resolutions Chapter, SAR
report by James Monroe President Charles Belfield
At the Sunday Morning Service on April 2nd, James Monroe President Charles Belfield presented a flag certificate to Cobham Park Baptist Church in Warsaw. They have a beautiful Memorial with the names of their members that were veterans and fly the flag properly over it. Mr, Webster Sanders a life long member of Cobham Park Baptist is pictured receiving the certificate.
report by Fairfax Resolves Chapter President Jeff Thomas
report by Robert Halpern of the Richmond Chapter
The Fairfax Resolves Chapter presented 5 Flag Certificates to local residents for their patriotic display of the American Flag on Washington's Birthday Holiday.. In the photos, certificates were presented to Debbi and Dave Johnson, a Navy veteran who served from 1964-1968, and to Philip and Jacob Johnson. The presentations were made by President Jeff Thomas, Color Guard member Vern Eubanks and CAR member Justin Thomas, resulting in one potential new member whose sister is a DAR member.
report by Richmond Chapter Vice President Robert Halpern
The Kroger Food Market at Bellgrade Shopping Center in Midlothian, VA
and its Manager Albert Espinoza were honored January 26 by the Richmond Sons of the American Revolution.
For proper display and flag etiquette, Mr. Espinoza was presented an award by Robert Halpern, a Vice President of the Richmond SAR. “This flag salutes our country proudly 24 hours a day and is properly lighted at night,” Halpern told the Kroger officer. “Our organization encourages businesses and private citizens to always display our American symbol properly and lighting it at night is an important protocol. Not everyone does this as they should.”
Espinoza thanked the SAR for its recognition saying his SAR award certificate would be proudly displayed in his store.
report by Bill Schwetke, Culpeper Minutemen Chapter Flag Chairman
Today, January 28th, the Culpeper Minutemen Chapter presented a Flag Certificate to Steven Hunsberger, of Culpeper. Mr. Hunsberger is an officer with the Prince William County Police. He proudly and properly displays the US Flag on his new flag pole that is illuminated at night.
report by Kirk Sheap, Fort Harrison Chapter and Virginia SAR Flag Committee Chairman.
Virginia SAR's Flag Recognition Program for 2017 is off and running. Today Kirk Sheap presented a Flag Certificate on behalf of the Fort Harrison Chapter to Betsy Putney, Public Works Coordinator for the Town of Bridgewater in recognition of the proper display of the American Flag in front of the Town Hall.
Kirk Sheap presented a Flag Certificate today, January 16th, to Kingmor Supply, Inc. of Mt. Crawford, VA (actually a shade to the north of Mt. Crawford on U.S. 11). Receiving it are the owners, Floyd and Brenda Morris.
3 Dec 2017 Founder's Inn, Virginia Beach, VA
At the Founder's Inn on the evening of Sunday, December 3rd, Honor and Remember hosted a "Family Evening" for Gold Star Families. George Lutz, father of a fallen soldier, is the founder and executive director of Honor and Remember, Inc. This organization's purpose is to recognize the sacrifices of our fallen service members and their families. The Family Evening is held once a year, on the first Sunday in December. Gold Star families are sponsored for an evening to honor and remember these sacrifices. The Virginia SAR Color Guard, under the leadership of Southeast Region Commander Chris Melhuish, has provided the Color Guard to present the colors to begin each evening for the past five years. This year Chris was joined by three members of the Culpeper Minutemen Chapter, Michael Dennis, Charles Jameson and Bill Schwetke.
report by James Monroe Chapter President Charles Belfeld
The Warsaw Christmas Parade December 2. The James Monroe Chapter SAR and the War of 1812 Society in Va. Proudly displayed a float in the Parade. On board was Charles Belfield, Brennen Belfield , Colt and Cayden Belfield, George Becket, Jan Becket and Hugh Markham. Pulling the Float was a Patriotic display of the American Flags.
The 242nd Anniversary of the Battle of Great Bridge was celebrated this Saturday in Chesapeake, VA. The ceremony was moved to an alternate location, Great Bridge Presbyterian Church because of ongoing construction of the new Visitors' Center which impinged on the site of the monument. President General Larry Guzy and First Lady Karin Guzy represented the NSSAR, President Mike Elston represented the Virginia SAR, 1st Vice Regent Becky Rodgers represented the Virginia DAR, and President Emily Elston represented the Virginia C.A.R. The City of Chesapeake was represented by Mayor Rick West. Over one hundred people joined in the celebration that marked the victory that preserved Virginia and its resources to the cause of liberty.
This national event was organized and executed jointly by the Norfolk Chapter of the SAR and the Great Bridge Chapter of the DAR. Norfolk Chapter President Ken Hawkins and Great Bridge Chapter Regent Donna Crisp shared Master of Ceremonies responsibilities.
The keynote speaker was Phillip Hamilton, PhD., an author and professor of history at Christopher Newport University, who spoke on "From Rebellion to Revolution: Great Bridge and Its Momentous Consequences".
Dr. Hamilton was presented the SAR Silver Good Citizenship Medal by the Norfolk Chapter. Also receiving recognition was Caroline Phillips, past regent of the Great Bridge Chapter, DAR, who received one of the first Battle of Great Bridge Medals for her sustained outstanding service over decades in supporting this event.
Approximately thirty wreaths were then presented.and the bagpiper, Chris Pearcy, played the centuries old lament, "Flowers of the Forest". This was to specifically to honor our heroic adversaries who fell in this battle.
After the ceremony there was an informal luncheon at Vino's Italian Restaurant. There Norfolk Chapter President Ken Hawkins presented Great Bridge Chapter Regent Dona Crisp with the SAR Medal of Appreciation.
report by Colonel William Grayson Chapter Vice President Barry Schwoerer
2 Dec 2017 Quantico National Cemetery
The Colonel William Grayson Chapter, Virginia Society Sons of the American Revolution joined hundreds of Patriotic Americans at the Annual wreath laying ceremony at Quantico National Cemetery conducted in honor of Sgt Eric McColley USMC. Green evergreen wreaths with red bows were placed on over 11,000 graves of Veterans interred at Quantico. The Chapter was joined by members of the Elizabeth McIntosh Hammill (EMH) Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution, and members of the Colonel William Grayson Society Children of the American Revolution (C.A.R).
The Sgt. Mac Foundation is a non-profit organization formed to honor the memory of Marine Sgt. Eric McColley, Eric was killed along with seven fellow Marines and two Airmen when two Marine CH-53e helicopters collided off the coast of Djibouti, Africa on February 17, 2006. Eric, like so many other servicemen and women gave his life doing what he loved, serving his country.
CWG members participating were: Mike Taimi, Barry Schwoerer, Bruce Downs, Tom Warzywak, and Kevin Schwoerer. EMC Chapter DAR members included: Janie Warzywak and Anna Schwoerer. CWG Society C.A.R members included: Arianna, Sophia and Gracelynn Schwoerer
report submitted by Col William Grayson Vice President Barrry Schwoerer
At its November chapter meeting at the Stonewall Golf Club in Gainesville, Virginia, brothers Christian Wilhelm Siegfried Powers, age 5; Erik Thorsten Powers, age 4; Otto Theodor Friedrich Powers, age 2; and Henry Walther Sigismund Powers, age 1 were inducted into the Colonel William Grayson Chapter of the Virginia Sons of the American Revolution. The new junior members were proudly presented to the chapter by parents, Steven and Ashley Powers, grandparents Nathan L. and Laurie Gwaltney and great grandmother Dolly Daugherty. The Powers family lives in Leesburg, Virginia.
The Patriot ancestor of the Powers brothers was Simon C. Groot, a Private in the 2nd Albany County Militia, NY. The new members uncle, Nathan D. Gwaltney, and grandfather, Nathan L. Gwaltney, have each submitted applications for membership in NSSAR